The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot

The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot

The True Story of the Tyrant Who Created North Korea and the Young Lieutenant Who Stole His Way to Freedom

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Documents the rise of Kim Il Sung, the origins of North Korea's anti-American stance and the daring theft of a Soviet MiG-15 warplane to benefit the United States by fighter pilot No Kum Sok.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, 2015
ISBN: 9780670016570
Branch Call Number: 951.93043 HARDEN
Characteristics: x, 290 pages ; illustrations ; 24 cm


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Jun 28, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Fascinating history.

Dec 16, 2016

I like this book well writing. the story of No Kum Sok. was fascinating.

Apr 26, 2016

A fantastic story of two contrasting lives. The book is hard to put down and it is really hard not to become emotionally attached to No Kum-Sok. Highly recommended for anyone looking to read about the rise of the Kim family backdropped with No's desire to leave it.

A fine read.

Jul 01, 2015

A very readable account of North Korea's descent into what it is today. It is told in a narrative that juxtaposes the rise of the Kims and a NK fighter pilot who escaped in his planer to South Korea and eventually to the USA at the end of the Korean War. Rather insightful as I didn't know much about NK and now that I know a bit more, the state of the country and the treatment of it's people horrifies me even more.

multcolib_darceem Apr 18, 2015

Just like I never thought I'd be interested in Olympic rowing before reading The Boys in the Boat, I couldn't have imagined being particularly interested in the history of jet fighters before reading this title. The fact that I couldn't put this book down is a testament not just to this fascinating story and uncovered history, but also to the authors writing. Operation Moolah?! Whaaaat?!

Apr 04, 2015

The tones in which Harden writes his not-so-parallel biographies put me off. "The Great Leader" is a comic book villain. The fighter pilot, who should have told his story in his own words, seems a cunning opportunist, not the hero Harden sees.


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